2020 AIA Nebraska Mid-Year Symposium

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Attendees of the 2019 AIA NE Mid-Year Symposium Tour the McCue Building in Downtown Kearney, NE

Overview

The AIA Nebraska Mid-Year Symposium brings architects, community leaders, suppliers, manufacturers, and other design professionals together to explore the industry's best practices and emerging technologies, techniques and materials.

This year AIA Nebraska is teaming with the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Nebraska Planning & Zoning Association to host the mid-year symposium. The event will provide education, training, and assistance for the betterment of architecture and planning across the State of Nebraska.

Wednesday, March 4

7:00 am - 9:00 am | Member Registration / Exhibitor Interaction / Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am | Climate Change Facing Nebraska / 1 HSW

10:00 am - 11:00 am | Exhibitor Interaction

11:00 am - 11:45 am | Building Enclosure Commissioning / 1 HSW

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm | Lunch Keynote, Bill Kelly, Director/Writer, "And the Floods Came" / 1 AIA CEU

1:30 pm | Exhibitors Disassemble

1:30 pm - 2:45pm | Continuing Education

  • The Changing Face of Senior Housing / 1 .25HSW
  • Floodproofing your Business, Home, or Accessory Building / 1.25 HSW

3:00 pm - 4:15pm | Continuing Education

  • Affordable Housing: A Crash Course for Better Conversations / 1.25 HSW
  • Planning for Community Resilience / 1.25 HSW

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Ethics For Planners & Attorneys / 2 HSW

Registration

Registration for the 2020 AIA Nebraska Mid-Year Symposium is now closed.

Agenda

Climate Change Facing Nebraska | 1 HSW

9:00 am - 10:00 am / Crystal 2

Sharon Kuska, PhD, Assoc AIA, PE, LEED AP, Professor of Architecture, Associate Dean, UNL College of Architecture

Life affects climate and climate affects life. Initiating a dialogue on climate change and its impacts on Nebraska, now and as projected in the future, can encourage architects, planners, designers, policy makers, and Nebraskans in general to take action, to become involved, to make a difference in the health and well-being of the state. Focus will be on factors and activities, human and natural, local to Nebraska that have influence on the built environment and potential adaptation to future climate change.

Building Enclosure Commissioning | 1 HSW

11:00 am - 11:45 am / Crystal 2

Stuart Shell, AIA, EDAC, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, Sr. Associate, BranchPattern

Joanell Staab, LEED AP, Wilkins ADP

The commissioning process for building enclosures coordinates the responsibilities of the Owner, Architect, and Construction Manager. Building enclosure commissioning (BECx) can seem complicated due to the many reference standards, and the fact that services often span all phases of project delivery. This presentation provides a framework to simplify the process of specifying and procuring the BECx services that match the project’s requirements. The common standards are explained in the context of this framework to provide an overview. Building designers, owners, and contractors will learn about how the BECx process can help them in managing risk and achieving performance.

Lunch Keynote

12:00 pm - 1:15pm / Diamond 9 & 10

Bill Kelly, Director & Writer of "And the Floods Came"

As Senior Producer at NET News, Bill Kelly develops, researches, and writes television documentaries and radio news stories for NET’s statewide network of television and radio stations as well as preparing online content.

Most recently he was the producer and writer of the documentary “And the Floods Came: Nebraska 2019,” looking back at the worst natural disaster in the state’s recorded history.

He serves as a representation of broadcasters on the Bench/Media Committee formed by the Judicial Branch of the State of Nebraska, advocating for expanded availability of audio and video in courtrooms for journalists covering the justice system.

Kelly previously worked at WOWT-TV in Omaha, Nebraska, and stations in Kansas and Indiana. He grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and graduated from Purdue University.

The Changing Face of Senior Living | 1.25 HSW

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm / Diamond 6

Jeffrey L. Ahl, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal at arCuretecture

Senior housing is rapidly changing and for several reasons: as a result of generational change, regulatory change, and other industry challenges. These changes are creating a movement away from recent trends. It’s important to understand how current planning methods may no longer meet tomorrow’s objectives. Rural communities, in particular, need to be aware of these changes to ensure their senior housing options remain sustainable.

Flood Proofing Your Business, Home, or Accessory Building | 1.25 HSW

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm / Diamond 7

Chuck Case, Outreach Coord at Nebr Dept of Natural Resources

Bryan Christopherson, Flood Mitigation Specialist at Smart Vent

Bringing a home into compliance can be costly but there are some ways to reduce the cost and even lower the insurance. Elevating a business downtown can be virtually impossible but there are dry flood proofing options that can be implemented for businesses to bring them into compliance with minimal expense.

Affordable Housing: A Crash Course for Better Conversations | 1.25 HSW

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm / Diamond 6

Kurt Elder, AICP, Location Intelligence / Planner at Lincoln Urban Development Dept.

Affordable housing is a big topic, but how we each understand it often differs. In this presentation Kurt will discuss affordable housing, demographic drivers, proposed solutions and discussion of his process that can be replicated elsewhere.

Planning for Resilience | 1.25 HSW

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm / Diamond 7

Belinda Fowler-Hagen, Environmental Assistance Coord at Nebr Dept of Environment & Energy

Zhenghong Tang, PhD, Assoc Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

In spring 2019, Nebraska experienced a bomb cyclone, bringing significant precipitation statewide. With more stream miles than any other state, flooding disaster declarations were approved for 83 of 95 counties. The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy rallied with response and resource efforts that supported homeowners, communities, ranchers, emergency managers, and others on the path to recovery. Discussing lessons learned, tools developed, actions taken and reviewing concepts of an integrated planning approach will be valuable for unexpected events and buildings resiliency into the future.

Ethics for Planners & Attorneys | 2 HSW

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm / Diamond 6

David Levy, Attorney at Baird Holm Law Firm

Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, President at National APA

Joel Albizo, FASAE, CAE, CEO at National APA & AICP

This session should be helpful to all professionals who face many ethical dilemmas. An overview of the new AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct will be given along with a description of ethics principles, rules of conduct and ethics complaint procedures. Come and learn about ethical situations that your peers face in the region and on a national basis.

Sponsors

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Megan Hayward, AIA

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